Union City War of 1812 Veterans
Henry C. Bacon
Reverend Levi Barnes
Henry C. Bacon
Jonathan Bacon was a pioneer of Gennesse and Chenanago Counties in New York and a soldier of the Revolutionary War. He died in Gennesse County in 1833.
His son Henry C. Bacon was a native of Whately, Massachusetts and a soldier of the War of 1812. Of his children, three survived: Daniel S.' Chester W. and Wells W. Chester W. married Rosana Hale in 1840 and they had two children. Chester W. always lived on his homestead farm in Union City and was well and favorably known among the citizens and pioneers.
Reverend Levi Barnes
Reverend Levi Barnes was born on February 25, 1796, in North Canaan, Connecticut. In 1818 he was married to Susan Capron and in 1820, with his wife and one child homesteaded on a farm in Union City. They journeyed from Utica, New York in a sleigh. Levi Barnes was converted when he was 18 years old and licensed to exhort in 1822. He was ordained a Deacon in 1853 and an Elder in 1863. The pioneer preacher always found a warm welcome at his home. He spent 57 years in Erie County enduring many hardships. He took an active part in establishing schools, churches and in 1834 was elected and for several years served as captain of a company of militia. His son Levi G. preserved his sword.
J.E. Beebe of Union City. He could have been the son of Mr. Beebe.
Charles Capron, Sr.
He was born in Marlboro, Cheshire County, New Hampshire on February 24, 1768. He bought a farm in Marlboro in 1795, which he sold in 1804 and moved to Reading, Windsor County, Vermont. He was "warned out" at Reading, 1805 and admitted as a "Freeman of Reading," in 1808. He came to Erie County, Pa., in 1819 with his wife and son.
Thomas Carroll was one of the six sons of Ferdinand Carroll who settled in Union Township in the fall of 1801. Thomas grew up on the family homestead and served in the War of 1812. He settled on his own farm near the west line of Union Township. He married Elizabeth Mulvin and was the father of nine children. He died at the age of 64.
Thomas Church was born on June 26, 1786. He enlisted as 3 Lieut. Co. 2 Artillery, Connecticut St. Troops. He died on December 17, 1864 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
He was drafted and served in General Harrison's campaign in 1813. Later he moved to Warren, Pennsylvania.
Matthew Gray died in 1814 and he is probably buried on his farm on the Concord Road in Union Township. He was one of the first settlers in the Township. With his brother William and sister Rachel, he came to Union Township about 1803 from Huntington County.
Matthew Gray Jr. served in the 4th class of Andrew Bogg's Company of the 4th Battalion of Lancaster County Militia. (Pa. Archives, 5th Series, Vol. 7, Pages 444-445).
William Gray served in the 1st class of the same regiment. Matthew Gray Sr. also served in these companies.
Amos Hare was the father of James Hare and the son of Michael Hare. His son, James, settled on Oak Hill and later lived in Union City. Two of his sons served in the Civil War and were killed in battle.
William Mulvin, Sr.
His wife was Margaret and son, William Jr. He died April 22, 1848 at the age of 92 years.
There is a story about his farm in David Wilson's History of Union Township. He had a son named Alvin. Alvin Northrop was a member of the Presbyterian Church and in October 1854, was an elder. Alvin was married to Suphronia and they had a child named Marquis Crane who was baptized in June 1850.
There is a Caro P. Rockwood in the Erie County Atlas of 1876. He is located on Tract 159 in Union Township. He is from New York, a farmer , and farmed in Union Township since 1854.
Union City Times
Thursday, April 2, 1885
In the death of Jacob Rouse, at the home of his son near Wattsburg last week, the last pensioner of the War of 1812 has joined the great majority.
Jacob Rouse was born in 1794 and had been a resident of Amity Township since 1828. In the War of 1812, he was one of the first to enlist and was an eyewitness to the burning of Buffalo by the British when the entire city was destroyed. He was much respected by his neighbors and his death was deeply mourned by all.
James, John, and William Sherwood
The Pennsylvania Archives say that James, John, and William Sherwood served in Henry L. Corvell's Company, commanded by Colonel Joel B. Southerland. They began on September 5, 1814, and were discharged on January 3, 1815.
James Smiley was the grandfather of Dallas G. Smiley, a merchant in Union City. James was a soldier in the War of 1812, serving under General Harrison. After the War, James came to Union City and operated the first gristmill in the town.
John Stranahan, a native of Rhode island, was born in 1737 and died on March 23, 1786. In September 1752, before the Revolution, he married Lucy Bock and settled in Cameron, Columbia County, New York. They had a son, Gibson. Gibson J. Stranahan was born in Canan in 1785. He married Miss Dolly Deverdorfof of Herkimer County, new York, in 1807. He was a resident of Herkimer County for many years and farmed there.
In 1803, he with his family came west and settled in Concord Township in Erie County. He entered a large tract of land and imported 450 fine wool sheep. He became one of the largest stock raisers in Erie County. He died in 1839. Their children were: Perry G, Daniel V., Franklin B and Margaret H.
Caleb Thompson, son of Abel and Jemima Thompson, was born January 30, 1790. he came to Union Township in the year 1802 with the rest of his family. He was a farmer and a carpenter and joiner who finished many of the first houses in Union City.
Caleb was a veteran of the War of 1812, serving in Captain John Fulmer's Company. It was a militia regiment commanded by Colonel John Thompson and served from the 9th of November 1814 until January 5, 1815. According to the 1820 Federal Census in Union Township, Caleb was then married with two children. He died on october 15, 1863, at 74 years of age. He was buried in the Thompson Burying Ground outside of Union City.
Joel Thompson was one of the five sons of Abel Thompson, a pioneer settler of Union Township. He was a blacksmith and a stonecutter. Along with his father, Abel, they found boulders in the woods and from them made grinders for the new mills in the township. Joel made most of the tombstones in the township from native stone. And he and Abel also made all of the farming and household utensils for the community.
According to the county histories, Joel Thompson was a veteran of the War of 1812, serving under Perry. he also held the degree of Bachelor of Sciences.
Joel Thompson was married twice. His first wife died of fever, leaving a daughter. He remarried and had eight children from his second marriage. They were: William Samuel, Caleb, John W., Charles, Hatton, Jane and Lucilla.
Thursday, September 5, 1889
Union City Times
Dr. J.H. Hazen of Marshall, Illinois, died Saturday night of old age. He was 91 years old and spent about 40 years in Erie County. Dr. Hazen was born at North Hero, Vermont in 1799. When the War of 1812 broke out, he joined a company of boys organized to protect the town while the men were away at war.
He went to Ohio early in 1813 and fell in with Perry's Company of ship builders, joined them, and went on board the Lawrence. He was one of those who accompanied Perry in his perilous passage from the disabled flagship the Lawrence to the Niagara in an open boat. He was severely wounded on the Niagara and carried the ball in his body during the remainder of his life.
Thursday, April 18, 1901
Union City Times
Mrs. R.R. Snow was born near Cambridge Springs 91 years ago. She died at her home in Cambridge last week and if all of the incidents in her life could be accurately told they would fill a volume, the Cambridge Springs Enterprise said.
When Mrs. Snow was about two years old, her father moved his family to a farm one mile east of where Miller's Station now is located. Grandfather Langley in the absence of roads at that time - the best way to travel was by boat-loaded his family and the household effects into canoes, went down Cussewago Creek and then poled the boats up French Creek to a point above the bridge near Miller's Station.
Mrs. Snow remembered that when she was a child it was a common thing to hear the wolves at night. One time she was sent to her father's sugar camp with his supper. Darkness fell before she was ready to return home and the wolves began to howl. Her father kept her with him at the camp until the next day for fear of her being devoured by the wolves if she went home alone. At that time there was nothing but bridle paths instead of roads. When a young man escorted his best girl to a party or picnic she rode on the same horse as he did.
Another of her memories was seeing the soldiers of the War of 1812-1814 pass her father's house on their way to Erie to repel the British who threatened an attack there. Her oldest brother George, then a boy, was one of the minutemen. At one time during the war an alarm was given that Indians had gone on the warpath and were murdering white people. There was a blockhouse or a stockade at or near Miller's Station where the people were to gather in case of an attack by the Indians. Her mother took Mrs. Snow by the hand and her sister, Betsy, a babe, in her arms and ran to the place of rendezvous.
At Mrs. Snow's birthday celebration on April 1,1901, there were four generations present.